Business services companies choosing to locate in North East England will benefit from a wide range of business support and cluster networks primed to offer guidance and advice across a range of topics.
Ocado, 'the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailer', signed a 15-year deal to let the top two floors of The Beam, in the heart of Sunderland's city centre. The Sunderland centre is an additional hub for the company, which has a similar set-up in Hatfield, and will support Ocado to continue to grow. Their decision to expand their operation into Sunderland is a huge display of confidence in the city. Senior representatives from the Hatfield-headquartered business visited a whole host of potential sites across the UK before narrowing down their search and choosing Sunderland, and The Beam.
"There were so many things that attracted us to open a facility in Sunderland, but more than anything, the skilled people we believed we could access greatly appealed. It's been fantastic to see all of our hopes being realised - the level of talent here has blown us away, and we're really looking forward to building on that as we get up to full capacity."
Debbie Wilson, head of service delivery support, Ocado Group